Hearing the words OSHA compliance or OSHA inspection can be a little unnerving, especially if you are not familiar with the requirements. You may feel unsure of the process, or you aren’t sure whether you have the right equipment or safety gear in place. Knowing what happens during an OSHA inspection and what to do during one can help things run smoothly – for both your company and the inspector.
“You may not get an inspection in your facility for the next 30 years. However, you always have to be ready,” said Rick Kaletsky, a Connecticut-based consultant and former OSHA compliance officer.
Kaletsky, who has written the book OSHA Inspections Preparation and Response, notes that OSHA can show up at virtually any moment, and employers in most cases will not receive advance notice of the visit.
The good news is that there are many things you can do to prepare yourself for a possible OSHA inspection.
Put together a Safety Committee (Get your team involved in OSHA Inspection Compliance!)
Making a clear assessment of what you have and what you don’t have is a strong beginning to a safe environment for your business and workers. You can start putting together a safety committee and have them identify areas that can be approved upon. Some of the areas they could look at are:
- Warehouse and Shipping
- Loading/Unloading Racks
- Sound Level/Noise
- Materials Handling/Storage
- Machine Guards
- Tools and Machinery
- Elevating devices
- Employee Facilities
- Confined Spaces
- Floor and Wall Openings
- Stairs, Ladders & Platforms
- Medical and First Aid
Use Tools And Machines Properly
Take the proper precautions when using tools, and never take shortcuts. Taking shortcuts is one of the leading causes of workplace injury. It’s a huge safety risk to use scaffolding as a ladder or one tool in place of another for a specific job. Using tools the right way greatly reduces the chance of workplace injury.
Use Mechanical Aids Whenever Possible
Instead of attempting to carry or lift something that’s heavy in order to possibly save time during the workday, take the extra minute to use a wheelbarrow, conveyor belt, crank or forklift. Too many injury risks are involved with trying to lift something that weighs too much.
Get an Expert Opinion when it comes to questionable Debris and Trash Removal
When it comes to removal of materials on your property that you are unsure of, whether it may be hazardous or potentially dangerous to your staff it might be best to contact a professional junk hauler for a free assessment.
Prepare Now for a Safe Worker Environment; be ahead of the OSHA Inspection Game
Even if an OSHA inspection never comes knocking at your facility, employers should always be prepared for this possibility as it will help reduce accident rates and be a proactive demonstration that your company prioritizes work safety.
By emphasizing a culture of safety, conducting ongoing safety training, and following OSHA’s requirements, you can help keep your employees safe from harm and your practice free from penalties. Additional information on creating a safe and healthy workplace is available by contacting OSHA or your insurance carriers.
OSHA Compliance Guidelines on Training
Hazard Identification and Assessment
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